The minors.

Yankee Stadium FriezeAAA: SWB scored in the top of the 10th to win 8-7. CF Slade Heathcott had 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI. LF Ramon Flores with 2 hits, 2 RBI. Chase Whitley 6 IP, 3 R. Rough outing for Nick Rumbelow, 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER.

AA: Trenton won 7-0. 2 doubles, 2RBI for 3B Eric Jagielo. 3 H, 3 RBI DH Dante Bichette, Jr.

High A:   Tampa lost 6-5.  2 h, 2 RBI LF Danny Oh. SS Tyler Wade with 2 hits. 3 hits, rbi for 3B Miguel Andujar.

Low A: 4-3 win for Charleston. DH Dustin Fowler 2 RBI.

Game 10. A-Rod sparks Yanks with 2 HR, 2 behind Mays. 5-4.

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Ok, I’ll admit it. If you told me three months ago that a soon-to-be 40-year-old, who didn’t play last year, and who only played in 44 games in 2013, would be the Yanks’ best hitter right now, 10 games into the season, I’d have thought you would be nuts.

But it’s a credit to A-Rod, and an indictment to the rest of the lineup if you will, that such is true.

After tonight, you wonder if he’ll be tested again after tonight’s game. I mean, a 477′ HR?

I hope he learned his lesson and is on the up and up. However, based on his past, I can fully understand those that may be skeptical. Heck, part of me is skeptical. I mean, it’s like a spouse who cheated on you. Do you really trust that spouse to be faithful again? There will be doubts.

Alex hit 2 HR tonight, raising his career total to 658*, two behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. The first HR was a 477 foot bomb. He had three hits, 2 HR and drove in 4 runs in the Yanks’ 5-4 victory. What happens when he gets two more HR? Who knows if the Yanks will cough up that bonus $$$$ or fight it.

A-Rod’s bomb (3) and a Stephen Drew HR (3) gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth. Funny, but Drew has five hits this year (5 for 30), is under .200 at .167, but 3 of those 5 hits are HR.

But in the bottom of the fourth, Adam Warren lost it, giving up back-to-back HR, a three-run and a solo shot, to put the Yanks into a 4-2 hole.

Credit to the bullpen for shutting out the Rays the rest of the way.

A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the game (4), a 2-run shot in the sixth, tied it up, then his RBI single in the 8th (after a Beltran single and a SB by PR Gardner)  proved to be the game winner.

He had three of the Yanks’ five hits and drove in 4 of their 5 runs.

Warren 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 2 K.

Rogers 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.

Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Betances (W, 2-0) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K.

Miller (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

The win puts the Yanks at 4-6.

 

Minor league news.

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Hmmm…. could the Yanks be losing faith in either Didi Gregorious or Rob Refsnyder so early into the season? What about even Stephen Drew?

Gregorious is just 25, but has had a disappointing nine games with the Yanks so far. See this link:

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2015/04/16/disappointment/

 

He isn’t hitting (5 for 29, all singles, OPS+ 13), and has made some physical and mental mistakes. It’s early, but…

Meanwhile, Refsnyder, 24, raked in spring training but made six errors. Eight games into the AAA season, he has four errors already.

Come to think of it, outside of the 2 HR, one of which was the PH grand slam, Stephen Drew has gone just 4 for 27.

The reason I wonder about this is because of reports that the Yanks may be interested in Jose Peraza, a soon-to-be 21-year-old 2B/SS in the Braves system. Peraza doesn’t have power, but the righty hitter has plenty of speed. In 2013, he hit .288-1-47 with 64 SB in 114 games at A ball. Last year, between A+ and AAA, he hit .339-2-44 with 60 SB in 110 games. Peraza just began at AAA. Rumors are the Yanks may dangle Gary Sanchez for Peraza. Sanchez is at AA right now. Sanchez, 22, hit .270-13-65 at AA last year. There are concerns about his attitude and work ethic. Besides, the Yanks are more enamored with John Ryan Murphy right now (and since 2011, big free agent signing Brian McCann, 31, has hit only .237—McCann has three years and an option for a fourth after this this season. Get that batting average, up, Brian. )

AAA: Refsnyder made his fourth error in eight games as the SWB Railriders lost 10-2 today to drop their record to 2-6. I don’t know if Refsnyder’s fielding woes are starting to affect his hitting, but he is at .222. Eric Wooten 4 R in 4 IP, Jose De La Cruz, just sent down, 5 R, 3 ER in 2 IP.

AA:   Trenton scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie, and another in the bottom of the 10th to win 3-2. Aaron Judge 2 hits, walk-off HR. Mason Williams two hits, rbi. Miguel Sulbaran is a guy no one talks about much, but he went 5 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K. Sulbaran is a lefty who is just 21 and who has a nice minor league record so far.

High A: Tampa scored in the top of the 10th to win 7-6. 3B Vincente Conde a 3-run HR.

A: Charleston lost 8-3. 1B Connor Spencer 2 hits, RF Austin Aune 2 RBI.

 

Minor league report

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AAA: SWB gave up 5 in the top of the 9th to lose 11-6. OF Ramon Flores 2 solo HR. 1B Kyle Roller 3 hits. OF Ben Gamel 2 h, 2 RBI. SS Nick Noonan 2 hits. Not a good outing for Jaron Long, son of ex-Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long.

Long 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 4 K.
Shreve 2 1/3 IP 0 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Webb (L) 2/3 IP, 5 R (ALL UNEARNED) 3 H, 2 walks and 1 K.
Burawa 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

AA:  Trenton lost a squeaker, 2-1.  2 hits for 1B Greg Bird. Four pitchers combined for 11 K.

High A: 3-1 Tampa win in 11.  RF Mark Payton 3 hits, SS Tyler Wade 2 hits. 2 hits for LF Ericson Leonora. Rookie Davis 5 IP, (great name by the way), 1 R (UNEARNED) 3 h, 1 h, 7 K.

Low A: Charleston wins 8-0.   CF Dustin Fowler 2 hits. 1B Connor Spencer 2 h, 2 rbi. 3B Allen Vallerio, 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. LF Brandon Thomas 2 h, rbi. Chaz Hebert 5 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 2 walks and 8 K

Game 9. Bullpen lets Yanks down in 7-5 loss.

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Nathan Eovaldi is still progressing from a thrower into a pitcher. Sure, he can throw hard, and he did strike out 9 in 5 IP tonight. But in those 5 IP, he threw 101 pitches, gave up 2 R on 8 pitches, and forced the bullpen into the game early.

That bullpen imploded. They entered with a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, gave up 5 runs, and the Yanks wound up losing 7-5 to drop them to 3-6 on the season.

Eovaldi gave up a run in the first. The Yanks got 2 back in the third on a Beltran double. They went up 3-1 in the fourth on A-Rod’s 2nd HR of the year, #656* of his career. He is now 4 HR behind Willie Mays on the all-time list. His 2 hits tonight put him at 2947 on the all-time list and the RBI is # 1976. Just three men have ever made it to 2000.

Sorry, asterisks necessary due to the steroids.

Up 3-1, Eovaldi gave up a HR in the fourth to make it 3-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, up 3-2 the Yanks had to take Eovaldi out because of the pitch count. The bullpen here lost the game, giving up five runs.

Eovaldi 5 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 9 K. 11 baserunners in 5 IP. The K are good, but in and out of trouble and not efficient on the pitch count. Not only that, an average just over two runners an inning.

Carpenter (Blown save 1, Lost game) 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K.

Wilson faced two batters. Both got hits. Both scored.

Carpenter and Wilson cost the Yanks the game.

Martin 2/3 iP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Brandon Pinder (MLB DEBUT; see below) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.

Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2K.

De La Rosa, who was up and didn’t get into a game, was sent back down, Pinder brought up. Davies cleared waivers, sent back to AAA.

You may have read the name Wilking Rodriguez on this blog during spring training. Suspended 80 games for use of furosemide (generic for Lasix).

 

 

Minor league report. Severino great in Trenton loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 3-1. Bryan Mitchell 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 7 K. Jacob Lindgren continued to struggle, 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 3 K. Nick Rumbelow struck out all 3 batters he faced. 1B Rob Segedin and OF Ben Gamel each had two hits.

AA: Luis Severino, the Yanks top pitching prospect, had a great outing in Trenton’s 5-4, 1o-inning loss.   5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 8 K. 1B Greg Bird had a HR. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. with a double, triple and an RBI.

High A: 3-1 Tampa win. Andrew Bailey a scoreless inning for the win. Angel Rincon 3 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 2 H, 2 RBI for LF Ericson Leonora.

Low A: Charleston won 5-4. SS Jorge Mateo 2 h, 2 RBI. 2B Gosuke Katoh the GW hit in the bottom of the ninth.

Game 8. O’s edge Yanks, 4-3

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Until he shows me that he can dominate, I’ll have worries about CC Sabathia. Tonight he was… meh. So-So. He dropped to 0-2, 5.68 by giving up 4 runs in 7 innings in a 4-3 Yankees’ loss.

Sabathia 7 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 walk, 7 K
Martin 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.

Of course, CC wasn’t helped. The Yanks tallied a run in the sixth on a double by Teixeira to cut the deficit to 3-1.

In the eighth, a run scored on an RBI groundout by Beltran and another on a 2-base error.

The loss drops the Yanks to 3-5.